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Interview with Laureates Vol.2

March 2, 2020
We are now sharing youtube videos of interviews with past competition laureates. These videos are filled with messages to future applicants appying for the 9th competition.

The vol.2 is the interview with Yusuke KOBORI who was the MIURA Tamaki Special Prize winner of the 7th competition (and one of 8th competition finalists).

How did you come to apply for the Mt. Fuji International Opera Competition of Shizuoka?​

I decided to apply for it to see if I am heading to the right direction about my learning and to test my skills. There were no other international opera competitions in Japan at that time and it was good opportunity for me since I have been looking for a place where I could take on a challenge of the “world” even being in Japan. 
      
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How did you feel, looking back on your challenge to this Competition?​

My perspective of music has changed, and more specifically, I felt that since then I have soaked more deeply into the world of music than before.
By participating in this Competition, I could take lots of inspiration externally. I had understood differences of expression of music by countries then, but I could feel and learn to see how young singers from other countries to perform opera. Understanding and taking in attraction of other singers are important for my future artistic activity.
 
Please give a message for young singers to apply for the next competition.

You will never know how many things you didn’t know, unless you participate in the competition. You shouldn’t give up applying for the competition in fear of failure. Also, it would be a valuable experience to learn your own mental training way. This competition is large, that is, you can get much inspiration. It’s a good chance to step up yourself further.
 
                   Click the Youtube screen below to watch the video.
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